Like the rest of his Paris Saint-Germain teammates, Marco Verratti is on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and doing his best to stay positive during a difficult time.
Recently, the Italy international spoke with journalist Ambre Godillon via video conference about how he’s staying fit, what he misses most about football, whether or not he’s staying in touch with his teammates, and much more.
Here are some of the highlights from the conversation:
Godillon: Can you also keep yourself in shape? How is it for an athlete? The season’s cut short all of a sudden. Do you have anything to keep yourself busy with as far as sports are concerned?
Verratti: I work out every day. I even think I’m doing more than I used to. Because before, with the matches, we didn’t have much time to train, or to take care of ourselves when we had little problems. Now, I’m taking the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. To do some strength and more quiet things. I also do sports for the head, because we are used to doing sports. I am lucky to have a treadmill at home so I can run a little bit.
Godillon: Do you manage to get in touch with [your teammates]?
Verratti: Yeah, we talk to each other a lot, we keep in touch, we catch up with each other. It’s normal that we miss that because we’re usually together every day. It’s true that it’s a routine, it’s the same every day, but at the same time it’s always special, because in training we always do different things. Time passes differently from one day to another with my friends, that’s why I miss it a lot.
Godillon: I wanted to know what was it you were most looking forward to seeing again?
Verratti: A little bit of everything. It’s all part of me. Of course, playing a game in front of the fans…I have the impression that it’s been a year since we played in our stadium, in front of our fans, so I miss it a lot. I miss the emotions, the emotions after a goal, after a victory…These are things that we miss a lot, especially since we used to live it every day.
The conversation concludes with Verratti talking about how the coronavirus has impacted Italy and the importance of staying at home to avoid spreading the deadly virus. He also praises those on the front lines working overtime to cure those infected.
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